Slow cookers: Compare features & prices Argos Value Range MD-YHJ20 review http://www.which.co.uk/home-and-garden/kitchen/reviews/slow-cookers/argos-value-range-md-yhj20/review/
The Argos Value slow cooker is a basic model and may seem like a great deal at less than £20, but our cooking tests reveal if this is the case.
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Review does seem to really address performance
Puzzled by the review,The main complaint appears to be poor handbook and associated instructions. However much a valid observation, for someone who is experienced/ does not need this, how well does the machine work ? and there are many books on cooking with slow cookers afterall.Cooking according to the mis-direction of too low heat is not comparing like with like (another machine on high). Cooking with a high or medium and knowing that these are acceptable (or not) settings would be more useful.If (as a machine I once used) the lowest setting was too high and burns/does not cook slowly/low enough that would be cause for concern.Target Audience:Not everyone is cooking for families (a point that might be born in mind for other appliances ?), small can be just right for a single person/ couple of smaller appetite to come home to or someone who only needs it for a short time and does not need a long term investment.So.. apart from deliberately cooking on a low heat, and a poor lid/loss of liquid (a valid issue - but not noted as a con curiously)is it that all Slo-cookers will do the same job, and reviews are largely cosmetic and instructional differences ?it seems cheap and cheerful, rather than a bad buy perhaps ?much as a 20 pound one might be better controlled. 50% extra on a lot of appliances could add up.A catagory of 'not a long term buy' that a don't buy ?or "cheap and cheerful", the old ' worth considering' with the caveats of why/when it would be appropriate ?
Just right for one person
I have had this cooker for a short while and have made 3 dishes so far. All turned out fine. I used High setting and cooked for about 8 hours. First a beef culcutta curry using shin of beef, meat was very tender, sauce was just right. Then small gammon joint which cooked to perfection, meat almost too tender, left to cool in pot. Then using the cooking water from the ham I made Peas Pudding, again perfect.Only thing that is missing is a 'mains on' lamp.
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